Situated on traditional Dja Dja Wurrung country and steeped in a rich history, Castlemaine is a welcoming, diverse town with a wonderful blend of community, creativity and natural beauty.
Reasons for a move to this far-from-typical rural centre are endless: the arts and musical culture, the proximity to Melbourne, the beautiful big skies, the friendliness of the people, the locally produced food and wine, the business opportunities … on and on the virtues of this unique-yet-recognisable setting extend.
- Former gold mining town set amongst sprawling hills, the town boasts numerous 19th century heritage buildings, wide streets, European-style gardens, waterways and bushland.
- Numerous cafés, restaurants, markets, vintage and collectable shops, boutique breweries/cideries.
- Diverse group of local producers employ sustainable and ethical practices, with much free range and organic produce available.
- Renowned biennial 10-day Castlemaine State Festival introduces many visitors plus overseas artists and musicians to the town.
- Local regional Art Gallery and Historical Museum, dynamic theatre company.
- Home to over 400 artists and craftspeople selling their work through their own galleries and workshops.
- National parks, cycling and walking tracks, picturesque landscapes.
- Surrounded by several historic satellite towns with plenty of attractions.
- 90 minutes to Melbourne by car or regular train service.